NTDT5503

Dietary Intake and Nutritional Assessment

Course Information

These course outlines are a guide only. They are provided for the information of prospective students. Although every effort is made to ensure the most up to date information is provided, timetables often change each semester due to the availability of rooms and resources. Content (including lecture/practical topics, assessment and textbooks) is also regularly reviewed to ensure relevance and effective learning.

Unit of Study Overview

  • Introduction to dietary methodology
  • (Weighed) Food Record method
  • 24-hour Recall method
  • Diet History method
  • Quantifying portion and serve sizes
  • Nutrient analysis of WFR and 24-hour recall using FoodWorks
  • Food frequency methods and questionnaires
  • Food composition data and databases
  • Evaluating the validity and quality of dietary data
  • Interpreting dietary data: using reference standards
  • Appraising dietary assessment methods in published studies – critical appraisal
  • Anthropometry
  • Body composition methods to assess nutritional status
  • Biochemical and haemotological indices of nutritional assessment
  • Nutrition Screening
  • Assessment of Physical Activity

Course Coordinator Contact Details

Dr Anna Rangan

Room: 476

Telephone: 9351 3816

E-mail: anna.rangan@sydney.edu.au

Timetable

1st Lecture/Tutorial/Practical/Workshop: Tuesday 2:00pm - 4:00pm Norman Gregg Lecture Theatre (most weeks)

2nd Lecture/Lab: Wednesday 11:00am - 1:00pm Quadrangle Building, The Refectory

Students to refer to Unit of Study timetable for details regarding weekly session times and venues.

Textbooks

Gibson, RS. Principles of Nutritional Assessment, 2nd Edition, New York Oxford University Press, 2005.

Lecture Outlines

  • Dietary Assessment MethodsIntroduction to dietary methodology
  • (Weighed) Food Record method*
  • 24-hour Recall method*
  • Diet History method*
  • Quantifying portion and serve sizes
  • Food frequency methods and questionnaires*
  • Food composition data and databases
  • Evaluating the validity and quality of dietary data
  • Interpreting dietary data: using reference standards
  • Appraising dietary assessment methods in published studies
  • Anthropometry
  • Body composition methods to assess nutritional status
  • Biochemical and haemotological indices of nutritional assessment
  • Nutrition Screening
  • Assessment of Physical Activity
  • Revision

* For each dietary assessment method, lectures aim to address:

  • Administration, data collection, analysis and interpretation
  • Appropriate and inappropriate uses
  • Advantages/strengths and disadvantages/weaknesses
  • Quantification of portion sizes
  • Sources of measurement error, and ways to reduce error
  • Examples in the Australian context

Practical Course

  • Nutrient analysis of WFR and 24-hour recall using FoodWorks - lab
  • 24-hour Recall method - practical
  • Evaluating the validity and quality of dietary data - tutorial
  • Interpreting dietary data: using reference standards – tutorial
  • Food composition data and databases - workshop
  • Appraising dietary assessment methods in published studies – small group work and tutorials
  • Anthropometry - workshop

Assessment

4 assignments (individual or group submission) and an end-of-semester examination.